The Midsters That Rocked Glastonbury

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With the headliners averaging an age of over 40 this year, midsters were at the forefront of Glasto and certainly left a lasting impression.

Glastonbury 2017 has come to an end of what is already being considered one of the best years ever, measured by the lack of mud, lovely weather and incredible acts.

With an abundance of a-list midsters turning up including the likes of Brad Pitt, Kiefer Sutherland, Johnny Depp and Victoria Beckham, the festival was buzzing with rumours of surprise appearances from some of our favourite legends.

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Midsters Clearly Made Their Mark

It’s no doubt Glastonbury 2017 was the year of the midster, where the average age of the headliner was over 40, with performances from Barry Gibbs, Nile Rodgers, Elbow, The Foo Fighters and Liam Gallagher performing the classics everyone knows and loves.

The 70-year-old Barry Gibbs performed ‘Staying Alive’ which sent eruptions through the audience, with the entire security team doing the well-known disco dance. An impressive feat, considering the man is five decades into his career. The midster outshined some of the younger acts showing there’s always a place on the Pyramid stage for the classics.

An image of Midster Barry Gibbs performing Staying alive at Glastonbury.

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Disco legends Chic followed on the stage where Nile Rodgers provided a well-received dose of funk to the crowd.

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Although not a midster, we couldn’t go without mentioning Katy Perry’s stellar performance. The 32-year-old thrilled the crowd and added the light-hearted glam, reminiscent of Dolly Parton who in 2014 performing to a crowd of 180,000.

Perry Delivered a memorable act and a serving of Dolly Parton glitz always goes down well. She danced with the security staff and dived into the crowd as yellow confetti rained down on them.


We’re happy to see that the biggest surprise appearances of the weekend came from Elbow on the park stage and the Killer’s on the John Peel stage. Proving midsters brought the most excitement to the stages this year.

Bradley Cooper also made a shock appearance on the Pyramid Stage for the filming of the upcoming film, ‘A Star Is Born’ before introducing Kris Kristofferson, the star of the original 1976 version.

🐝 Bee here now, Elbow make a surprise appearance at #glastonbury2017 #festival #glastonbury #glasto #livemusic

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Driving the Festival Trends

The famous midsters were also the style icons of the weekend, with Johnny Depp rocking his usual edgy style, and 51-year-old seasonal festival go-er, Jo Whiley showing off a variety of trendy dresses while broadcasting the festival over the 3 days.

Thanks @stellamccartney You make INCREDIBLE clothes 💜

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Chrissie Hynde proved that less is more as she rocked a band tee, some skinny jeans and bold accessories on the Other stage, and Keifer Sutherland took the Avalon stage performing in a casual but cool, country inspired look!

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Most Memorable Moments

Liam Gallagher made history on the Saturday evening after he sang ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ for the very first time, as a tribute for the victims of the London and Manchester attacks and Grenfell Tower.

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There’s no doubt midsters rocked Glasto this year, making it one the best ever! Let’s not forget to thank the legend, 81-year-old Michael Eavis CBE, the founder and organiser of Glasto!

12 days #Glastonbury2017

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As the festival takes it’s fallow year over 2018 while the fields get some much-needed rest, we can fondly remember 2017 as being up there with the greatest of the 33 festivals the event has had. Let the countdown for #Glasto2019 begin!

Thanks for coming, and for making #Glastonbury2017 such a special one. Roll on #Glastonbury2019!

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